For those of you that don’t know, I absolutely love bobbleheads. I have over 100 in my collection, and add at least a few a month.
With the season still a while away, I figure why not rank the best bobbleheads that the Angels have ever given away. Their official site doesn’t have the number they’ve given away and which ones they’ve done, however, I did find a website that looks like it has them all. Trout.LA has a list of every bobblehead (supposedly) given away by the Angels since they began doing them in 2001. According to the website, they have given out 55.
Before I get started with the top 10, here are some honorable mentions.
We kick things off with the very first bobblehead the Angels gave out in 2001, Garret Anderson. This was one of two bobbleheads Anderson had while with the Angels.
Having made his major-league debut in 1994, Anderson was with the Angels so long, he saw them change the location of their city three times. When he came up, they were the California Angels, then in 1997 they became the Anaheim Angels, and finally in 2005 they became the Los Angeles Angels.
During his 15-year career with the Angels, Anderson hit 272 home runs, drove in 1,292 runs and had 2,368 hits.
Getting to the bobblehead, there’s not a whole lot to discuss. I love the old style that they used to make bobbleheads, where the head was bigger and so was the body. Oh, and boy do I love those Angels uniforms.
During his major-league career, Torii Hunter won nine Gold Glove Awards. Two of those came during his tenure with the Angels.
Hunter was known as one of the best defensive outfielders during his career, so it’s fitting he got a bobblehead showing him laying out for a catch. Usually bobbleheads show a player hitting, or standing and doing a pose of some sort, so I appreciate it when they get creative and have them playing defense.
This bobblehead was given out in 2008, his first season with the team.
Mike Trout Silver Sluggers
This is going to be a name you see often on these lists. Mike Trout has had a lot of bobbleheads so far with the Angels, and for good reason. According to Trout.LA, the Angels have given out 10 different Trout bobbleheads. Props to them for coming up with something different and unique each time.
This one here was given out in 2019, and it’s quite creative. Heck, I could have made a top 10 Trout bobbleheads article... wait, maybe I will.
Anyways, this is his “Silver Sluggers” bobblehead. Here is he with all of his awards, seven of them to be exact. Trout has won a Silver Slugger Award every year since he won Rookie of the Year in 2012... well, every year aside from one. The only year he didn’t win the award? 2017, when he finished 4th in AL MVP voting. That season he hit 33 home runs and drove in 72 runs with an OPS of 1.071. Not sure how that’s not worthy of a Silver Slugger, but okay!
For the first eight years of his career, Kole Calhoun played in the outfield for the Angels. In 2015, the club gave away this bobblehead of him robbing a home run. Fittingly, he won his first Gold Glove Award later that year.
This bobblehead is actually a replica of his home-run saving catch he made at Fenway Park on August 19, 2014. After watching the clip, you can see the detail of the bobblehead is spot on. It even has the “Shocktop” advertisement behind it. Well done!
Albert Pujols & Mike Trout
For the most part, this is a very simple and generic bobblehead. Nothing too special, as it’s just Albert Pujols and Mike Trout giving each other a high-five.
However, considering that they are both some of the greatest players of the last 20 years, this is a pretty cool bobblehead.
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What’s your favorite Angels bobblehead you own, or what’s an Angels bobblehead you’d like to get your hands on? Comment below!